How much do you know about music torrents? This infographic will help.

[A guest post from Zach. – AC]

here do you get your music from? Gone are the days of Napster and Limewire. Now, the majority of listeners prefer to use apps like Spotify for a steady stream of their favorite tunes. Others prefer something along the lines of Soundcloud, where they can upload any content — including their own — to curate playlists for themselves or others that follow them.

Still, some like to torrent their music. Many people criticize torrenting, while others see nothing wrong with it. What people fail to realize is that it’s really a matter of privacy: The fact that your internet service provider can throttle or even cancel your service if you use sites like BitTorrent is an invasion of basic internet privacy.

So can you torrent in a way that your activity won’t be tracked? Yes, and it’s called using a VPN. VPNs allow you to browse securely so that your traffic is inconspicuous and can’t be tracked, even if you are torrenting.

Finding a VPN that supports torrenting, however, takes some research. Here is what to look for:

  • Jurisdiction – You want a VPN with IP addresses outside the US
  • Logging Policy – You want a VPN that doesn’t maintain logs
  • Speed – You want a VPN that downloads files fast
  • Torrenting Policy – Most importantly, you want a provider that permits torrenting

To learn more about how torrenting works, and how you can do it safely, check out the infographic below.

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Guide to Safe Torrenting

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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